NEWS ARCHIVE 2013

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19 December 2013

UK PLR FUNDING LATEST

Following the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced that PLR’s funding will be reduced by 1.17% in 2014-15 and by 1.13% in 2015-16. PLR’s funding will now be £6.6 million in 2014-15 and £6.6 million in 2015-16.

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11 December 2013

PLR CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS

The PLR office will close at midday on Tuesday 24 December, and re-open on Thursday 2 January 2014. Any online transactions (including login applications) which are submitted after 24 December will not be dealt with until the office re-opens on 2 January.

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10 December 2013

UK PLR ANNUAL STATEMENTS AND PAYMENTS

The current timetable is as follows (any changes will be communicated if this timetable is affected):

Statements

Online statements will be available to view around 17 January 2014. An email will be sent to those who have an activated online account to advise that their statement is available. Users may then log into their secure online account to view/print their statement.

Paper statements will be posted second class on 17 January 2014 to those who do not have an online account. Please note that you will only receive a statement if you are due to receive a payment (ie if your books earn £1 or more). This is to reduce administration and postage costs - online statements will still be available regardless of the amount earned.

Payments

Payments will be made between 12 and 22 February 2014. Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 7 February 2014 to prevent delay in receiving your payment.

You can update your address and bank details in writing or via the online service. We can also accept changes of address (but not bank details) over the telephone, subject to verification being provided.

Please note that we are unable to accept changes to either address or bank details via email.

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9 December 2013

THE PLR TEAM JOIN THE BRITISH LIBRARY

Responsibility for PLR passed to the British Library on 1 October. But the same PLR team continue to manage the PLR scheme from their existing offices in Stockton-on-Tees. Although the position of Registrar has disappeared the former Registrar has been retained by the British Library as Head of PLR for an agreed period to help ensure a smooth transfer of responsibilities.

These changes in governance do not affect the operation of the PLR Scheme, and the right of authors to receive payment for the lending out of their books by public libraries continues as before. Authors should continue to register their books for UK and Irish PLR with the PLR office in Stockton.

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5 December 2013

IRISH PLR ANNUAL STATEMENTS AND PAYMENTS

This year’s Rate Per Loan for the Irish PLR Scheme is 5.06 cent.

Statements

Irish PLR Statements were posted second class on 8 November 2013. Please note that you will only receive a statement if you are due to receive a payment (ie if your books earn €2 or more). This is to reduce administration and postage costs.

We regret that Irish PLR statements are not available to view online at this time. If you are due to receive a payment, you would have received a statement detailing your Irish PLR loans and earnings through the post even if you have an online account.

Payments

If your payment is being made directly from the UK PLR office and not via collecting society such as ICLA or ALCS, payment will be made between 5-15 December 2013.

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15 October 2013

DACS HAS NEW EUROPEAN PLR PAYMENTS AVAILABLE FOR DISTRIBUTION TO VISUAL ARTISTS, ILLUSTRATORS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS

In the Netherlands, public libraries pay a royalty to the Lending Right Foundation for all books that they lend out.

The Dutch collecting society Pictoright distributes a share of these royalties to visual artists who are eligible for the scheme. DACS has received a share of these royalties from Pictoright to distribute to eligible UK visual artists, photographers and illustrators.

To claim your share of these royalties your work must have featured in a UK published book, which has been translated and published in Dutch in the Netherlands. Download a claim form and view further information.

All claims must be submitted by 31 October 2013.

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21 August 2013

ISBN DEBATE, 30 SEPTEMBER 2013

BIC, the standards body for the book trade, is hosting a debate on the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) on Monday 30 September. For further information see Eventbrite's website.

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8 July 2013

PLR FUNDING PROTECTED FOR 2015-16

Following the recent government spending review, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced that PLR funding for 2015-16 will be protected and will be maintained at 2014-15 levels, currently standing at £6.7 million.

(https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dcms-bodies-settlement-letters-spending-review-2013)

DCMS also announced that PLR is to be extended to public library loans of audio books and loans of e-books on library premises as provided for by the Digital Economy Act 2010. This extension of PLR will require changes to PLR legislation and the government will consult on these in the coming months.

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20 May 2013

30 JUNE REGISTRATION REMINDER FOR UK & IRISH PLR SCHEMES

Online applications must be submitted by midnight on 30 June to be included in the year end calculations. As 30 June falls on a Sunday, when the office is closed, postal applications must be received by no later than 1 July.

You can apply to register your published titles online or via an application form. Alternatively you can request a form to be posted to you.

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27 March 2013

PLR TRANSFERS TO THE BRITISH LIBRARY

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced today that the Public Lending Right body will cease to exist as a separate organisation and responsibility for managing the PLR Scheme is to be transferred to the British Library. The post of Registrar will be abolished and the Registrar’s responsibilities will be taken over by the British Library board. The changes are expected to take effect from 1 October.

PLR staff, currently employed by the Registrar, will transfer over to the British Library and PLR will continue to be administered by the existing team from their offices in Stockton-on-Tees. Although the position of Registrar will disappear, the current Registrar will be retained by the British Library for an agreed period to help ensure a smooth handover.  

These changes in governance will have no impact on PLR as the right of authors to receive payment for the lending out of their books by public libraries. The PLR Scheme will continue to operate in the usual way after the transfer of responsibilities to the British Library. Authors should continue to register their books for UK and Irish PLR with the PLR office in Stockton.  

The government decision to abolish the PLR body follows a public consultation last year and completion of an Impact Assessment (see DCMS website) which identifies further savings in PLR’s administration costs that will be achievable as part of a larger body like the British Library. The British Library has also released a statement.

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25 February 2013

DRM DEBATE, 4 MARCH 2013

BIC, the standards body for the book trade, is hosting a debate on Digital Rights Management on Monday 4 March. For further information see the BIC website.

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8 February 2013

RELEASED TODAY TOP AUTHORS AND BOOKS IN UK LIBRARIES

US Writers Smother UK Rivals When it Comes to Bodies in the Library

Latest PLR data reveals American crime novelists and thriller writers more borrowed than their British counterparts... (click here to read more)

Children’s Writers Rule in PLR’s Most Borrowed Authors Lists

Six children’s writers appear in the Top 10 Most Borrowed Authors in UK libraries... (click here to read more)

30 Years of Worth

Public Lending Right marks three decades of payments to authors... (click here to read more)

Further information on the nation’s book borrowing tastes can be found in the Media Centre area of our website.

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15 January 2013

UK PLR ANNUAL STATEMENTS AND PAYMENTS

This year’s Rate Per Loan will be 6.20 pence - up from last year's figure of 6.05 pence. We have been able to provide a higher Rate this year because of a fall in public library book loans and further savings that we have been able to make in our running costs over and above the target set for us by the government.

Feedback from the public consultation exercise on the proposed increase in the Rate Per Loan is available on the DCMS website.

The current timetable is as follows (any changes will be communicated if this timetable is affected):

Statements

Online statements are now available to view. An email will be sent to those who have an activated online account to advise that their statement is available. Users may then log into their secure online account to view/print their statement.

Paper statements will be posted second class on 18 January 2013 to those who do not have an online account. Please note that you will only receive a statement if you are due to receive a payment (ie if your books earn £1 or more). This is to reduce administration and postage costs - online statements will still be available regardless of the amount earned.

Payments

Payments will be made between 13 and 22 February 2013. Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 8 February 2013 to prevent delay in receiving your payment.

You can update your address and bank details in writing or via the online service. We can also accept changes of address (but not bank details) over the telephone, subject to verification being provided.

Please note that we are unable to accept changes to either address or bank details via email.

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